The latest Natick business news:
Cannabis delivery service getting closer
Natick’s Planning Board heard Dris’s pitch for a cannabis delivery service operating out of a discreet building at 16 Tech Circle already occupied by Kaycha, a marijuana testing lab (see Natick Pegasus recording, about an hour in). The business, which entered into a host community agreement with the town last November via the Select Board, uses unmarked cars and mixes up its routes to avoid tracking by those who might have bad intentions.
Dris has been operating elsewhere as Your Green Package, making some 60K-plus deliveries to date, largely in Boston. In operating out of Natick, Dris seeks to deliver cannabis on behalf of retailers, wholesale marijuana at its facility and delivery to customers, and deliver between cannabis businesses. Dris has been operating out of Bellingham and seeks to consolidate its licenses in Natick, according to CEO and Co-founder Chris Fevry. Delivery courier and operator licenses are currently available exclusively to Social Equity Applicants
The business doesn’t plan to make many changes to the space it will operate in, so requested a list of waivers from the board. But the board, not wanting to set a precedent for giving too many of those, did request that Dris address a number of the usual requirements to earn special permits, including security, school distance, and other information.
The board held off voting, but it looks likely that Planning will give the business its OK on May 10.
Natick stands to benefit financially from adding another cannabis business. In this case, the town would get 4% of gross revenue in taxes. How much that will add up to, however, remains to be seen. Fevry was quoted by the CommonWealth journal recently citing the challenges of making money in this business, where delivery firms have lobbied to reduce the required number of drivers required per vehicle from two to one.
Dris’s arrival in Natick would expand an already varied cannabis business in Natick, including medicinal supplier Bountiful Farms, lab Kaycha, retailer Redi at Cloverleaf Mall, and maybe soon, ReLeaf, on Rte. 9 in the old Papa Gino’s. Another delivery outfit, Trevor Express, signed a host community agreement with Natick last year, and we’ve reached out to the business for an update.
Rumble Boxing partnering to collect clothes
Rumble Boxing this Saturday, May 6 from 12-2pm, is teaming with nonprofit Project Just Because to collect gently used or unworn child or adult clothing at the Natick Mall food court. Please package clothing, which will go to local families in need, in a closed trash or shopping bag.
Attend MetroWest Boston Visitors Bureau meeting
You’re invited to attend the MetroWest Boston Visitors Bureau annual meeting, set for June 20, 8:30-10am at the Warren Conference Center and Inn in Framingham. Continental breakfast and networking from 7:30-8:30am.
You will get to hear from Senate President Karen E. Spilka and Framingham State University President Nancy Nieimi.
$20 for members, $30 for non-members. Registration is open.
Jesamondo adds stylist
Jesamondo Salon & Spa has added Whitney Taylor, stylist and hair extension expert, to its team of salon professionals. Whitney specializes in extensions by Bellami, Harper Ellis, and Bombshell—let her weave something extraordinary with hair extensions that’ll leave you looking and feeling more youthful and vibrant with voluminous locks. Book an appointment.